What is Laparoscopic Surgery, and Why Do You Want It?

Laparoscopic surgery, sometimes called “keyhole” surgery or band-aid surgery, is a minimally invasive procedure using small incisions of around 0.5 to 1.5 cm. A laparoscope, which is a small tube with a camera at the tip, is passed through the incision to the surgical site and relays images from inside the body to a monitor.  […]

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Premier Prosthetic Patient Aims For Boston Marathon

  In 2001, 57-year-old John Gardner of Knoxville was involved in a tree cutting accident that crushed his ankle and left him with one leg shorter than the other. Over the next thirteen years, Gardner fought with limited mobility issues and depression about how his lifestyle was being compromised because of his injured leg. Then […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Try to Tough Out Appendicitis

  An article in the New York Times this past March relayed a common experience with appendicitis. A mid-60’s woman from New York was vacationing in Italy when she came down with nausea, a low-grade fever, and chills. Although her symptoms were extreme enough to leave her bed-ridden, she chalked them up to food poisoning or the flu. When […]

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What You Should Know About Carotid Artery Disease

According to the National Institutes of Health, strokes affect over half a million people each year, and are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately 30% of strokes are caused by carotid artery disease. “The hallmark of carotid disease and the reason we fix it, is stroke prevention,” says Dr. Deanna […]

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Reda Update: Premier Prosthetic Center’s Mascot Continues to Thrive

In March, we wrote about Reda — the three-year old chocolate lab with a new lease, or should we say leash, on life. By thriving despite a disability, Reda quickly became a favorite of the staff and patients of Premier Surgical Prosthetic Center in Knoxville, so we checked in with her new owner to see […]

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Weight Loss Surgery Encouraged Before Knee Replacement for Severely Obese Patients

From Tennova Healthcare New study shows bariatric surgery before joint replacement may improve quality of life Being overweight is associated with several health conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. But extra weight also raises the risk of getting a certain type of arthritis, known as osteoarthritis. One in five Americans […]

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Busting the Myths of Skin Cancer

Many people are surprised to learn that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., topping even breast and lung cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that 20% of Americans will be affected by a form of skin cancer during their lifetime. Even so, the myths about skin cancer are widespread, […]

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